THE GHILZAIS OF KANDAHAR 309 false security, sent him a handsome girl whom he passed off as his daughter. The Prince was entirely duped, and finding the Chief apparently submissive, relented and began to treat him with kindness. This gave the crafty Ghilzai the opportunity he desired. He invited Gurgin Khan to an entertainment in a garden some distance from Kandahar. There the guest and his attendants were set upon and murdered, and the Afghans came at dusk in their stead to the fort, Mir Vais wearing the clothes and riding the horse of his victim. Admitted without suspicion, they surprised the garrison, and, supported by a preconcerted attack of their fellow-countrymen, they cut off the Persians almost to a man, A body of Georgian cavalry, six hundred strong, which happened to be absent from Kandahar, was attacked on its return three days kter. Performing prodigies of valour, this band of heroes made good its retreat into Khorasan and confirmed the news of the disaster to the Persian arms, which had already thrown the country into a state of panic.1 The Consolidation of Power by Mir Vais.—After his success Mir Vais showed energy and capacity in con- solidating his power. He rallied various tribes to his aid . by proclaiming independence, and even more by publish- ing the documents obtained at Mecca. The contemptible Court at Isfahan, instead of wiping out the disaster by force of arms, attempted to treat, but Mir Vais detained the envoy. " Be assured," he told him, " that the hour of vengeance is at hand ; and that the brave Afghans are the chosen instruments of God for the punishment of the heretical Persians." The councillors of Shah Husayn realized at kst that there was no alternative to war. But at the outset no serious efforts were made, and the Governor of Khorasan, who was directed to subdue the rebels, was defeated again and again. These successes increased the prestige of Mir Vais and gave him time to strengthen his position. His Two Victories over Persian Armies.—Goaded finally into more vigorous action, the Persian Government 1 A somewhat different account of this disaster is given in vol. iv. of Histoire de la Gecrgie by M. Brosset.